"That was the first time that Team USA had ever done that, and we knew that and so we were so, so proud," observed Liukin, who joined Mary Lou Retton and Carly Patterson as the only U.S. women to claim the crown at that time. Reigning Olympic gold medalist Paul Hamm withdrew from the 2008 US men's gymnastics Olympic Team Monday due to injury. "Whenever you're down and out and no one believes in you, there's that chip on your shoulder like, ‘I'm about to prove something big.’ And that's what drove us." Team sports like soccer and field hockey are wholly subjective, with roster decisions made solely at the coaches’ discretion. There were no Olympic veterans on either of the American squads in 2008. We are that '08 team for the rest of our lives. "It was obviously a little challenging because we both wanted the same thing. Gymnastics Artistic play Please note that because a number of anti-doping rules violations procedures are still in progress – including procedures involving medalists further to the results of the retesting programmes carried out on the samples collected in Beijing 2008 and London 2012- the information contained in the list is not final The Olympic Games Beijing 2008 had one of the most hotly anticipated women’s gymnastics competitions. “That was for Dave in the stands. "From then on. NEW WAVERLY, TEXAS – Laguna Hills gymnast Ivana Hong (bio, photos), 15, was named one of three alternates to the 2008 U.S. Olympic team Saturday night after a two-day selection camp… Chellsie Memmel . If you watched the 2008 Olympics, then you know that the USA women’s gymnastics team was absolutely robbed of a gold medal. ... U.S. men's Olympic gymnastics team's best quality is its resolve. The Americans took third behind China and Japan and were more than a point ahead of the Germans. Does anyone know when they are going to announce the 2008 women's Olympic gymnastics team? Kintzer liked her chances. Four of the women -- Sacramone, Liukin, Johnson and Peszek -- had competed on the previous year's team that won the World title on the final rotation and collected half a dozen individual medals, three of them gold. Artemev, who said it was “nerve-wracking” just walking onto the floor, ended up making it to the all-around with Horton. It's so incredibly difficult to do but Dave did it with such a passion and engagement, it's mind-blowing.” As he powered through his set, Horton marveled that he was still airborne. An inspired one, as it happened. So he called a meeting and the squad met on the dormitory balcony and unburdened themselves. Click for the rest of the weekend's college gymnastics highlights. On Sunday, a selection committee can decide to name the other four members of the Olympic team and up to three alternates or it can name a training squad of up to nine athletes and defer its decision until July 1. For the U.S. males, making the team podium was an achievement. “It's like being an understudy,” said Justin Spring. We were a group of rookies. There were two days of competition, where the all-around was contested on both days. Fortunately the alternates, who were training in Beijing, had global experience. "I had gone into this telling myself that regardless of the outcome that I was going to be okay. The men's gymnastics team is a five … After battling a shoulder injury throughout 2007, she placed third all-around at the 2008 … A decade later Horton and most of his teammates will be in Boston to reminisce not only about their five-ringed exploits but also to commemorate their shared experience. I remember waking up and telling myself, ‘When I come back here to our room no matter what the outcome is you should be very proud of yourself.’" "It was more than we could ever have expected from him," said Hagerty. Danell Leyva and Donnell Whittenburg are alternates for Rio Olympics. Nobody believed in us except us." "I could feel it with every step." His teammates, who qualified sixth, were jittery, too. Audrey Neff and Lexi Zeiss qualified for the 2021 Nastia Liukin Cup through their performances at the Chow’s Winter Classic Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa, over the weekend. Two junior and two senior gymnasts who competed at the Atlanta Crown Invitational in Duluth, Ga., last weekend earned berths for the February 26 final in Indianapolis. So that was my new role -- I'm going to be the best teammate I can be and the best cheerleader." "We will always share this special bond of achieving and experiencing something truly special." "For all of us guys that was probably the best time of our life," said Joe Hagerty. "That's what carried me through those really hard days." Register today by clicking below on the link! "We knew going against the Chinese team on their home court was going to be tough, and we did our best with the challenges that faced us." There's so much strength and power and unification that can come from getting knocked down. If he got through his flair sequence without fault, Artemev figured that he'd be fine and he was. It does -- and doesn't -- seem that it has been a decade since the turmoil and triumph in Beijing. Then Paul broke his hand at nationals and withdrew from the roster, and Morgan hurt his ankle on the eve of the Games. ... U.S. Olympic gymnastics team since 2004. Some had stars, some had stripes, some had stars and stripes. I truly believe that without them, I wouldn't have had that performance." That's what made the training doable." There were purple ones and bubble-gum pink ones, black ones, red ones, white ones, red-white-and-blue ones. "That moment was one of my favorites, standing in that tunnel waiting to walk into the arena," she said. Skip navigation ... Women's US Gymnastics Team For 2008 Olympics … "Everyone looks good in purple," Alicia Sacramone said. Let's go!," recalls Horton. Some had stars, some had stripes, some had stars and stripes. Memmel, who'd missed the 2004 Games with a broken foot, had gone through an arduous rehab to get back into contention for a roster spot. Like somehow the ground was just there and you weren't moving." Having his teammates urging him on from the bench helped. The 2021 Nastia Liukin Cup Series kicks off this weekend with the Atlanta Crown Invitational in Duluth, Ga. Our team was challenged again and again and again and that's why I believe that when it mattered most we crushed it." I knew if I did my normal routine I would have gotten seventh or eighth." Beset by injuries, the team nonetheless did their best. "We all carry that same team mentality. "I've got nothing to lose," he told himself. USA Gymnastics is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of gymnastics in the United States, consistent with the Ted Stevens Olympic & Amateur Sports Act, the Bylaws of the United States Olympic Committee and the International Gymnastics Federation. Nastia Liukin remembered preparing to march into the Olympic gymnasium in front of 20,000 spectators, almost all of them rooting for the home team. Along the way they formed an enduring sisterhood. "It was an attitude of sure we're scared, sure we don't want to let anyone down but who cares? "To wait around for hours to do one routine and nail it. “You have to memorize all the lines, do all the work and you get nothing. When the U.S. Olympic trials ended late Saturday night in St. Louis, Donnell Whittenburg was fourth overall. After a promising start on still rings, the Americans submitted solid efforts on vault and parallel bars. National Team Coordinator Kevin Mazeika is also a Houstonian and was the coach and coordinator in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games for the Men’s Gymnastics program. "It was a story of a team coming together and performing at their best when it mattered most," said Spring. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, three different gymnastics disciplines were contested: artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline. “We all turned around and did the double point-up,” said Spring. The day belonged to Liukin, who won by six tenths of a point on the strength of her bars routine. I thought it was today but I may be wrong. "I'm normally very nervous. With great sadness, we share the passing of three-time Olympian and USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame member Muriel Davis Grossfeld. USA-Gymnastics. The alternates were Bieger, 15-year-old Ivana Hong of Laguna Hills, who was a member of last year’s U.S. world championship team, and 16-year-old Corrie Lothrop of Gaithersburg, Md. One of the gymnasts who deserves strong consideration is … "Which Sasha is going to show up today?" And Alexander “Sasha” Artemev, a 2007 member, was a pommel horse medalist. Watch videos for the 2008 Olympics gymnastics event on FloGymnastics.com. The field for the 2021 Nastia Liukin Cup is beginning to take shape following the first qualifier in the 12-event series. Liukin went on to win silvers on beam and bars and bronze on floor while Johnson prevailed on beam and was second on floor. In 2004 I can't say that I had that outlook. The best-case scenario is that the 25-year-old gymnast would be back in full training in four weeks, just ahead of the Beijing Olympics gymnastics competition, which begins Aug. 9. "We were both absolutely exhausted," said Liukin, "but it was an amazing way to close out that month in China for both of us." Does anyone know when they are going to announce the 2008 women's Olympic gymnastics team? It's really, really cool.". Join now! See you in the morning." "Hey, we're on to something!" So when they realized that they’d won the bronze, the team saluted Durante from the floor. One of the gymnasts who deserves strong consideration is the often-injured Justin Spring. Olympic Alternates Face Challenges In Training To Possibly Compete ... was selected as an alternate to the U.S. men's Olympic gymnastics team. So did Peszek, who hurt her left ankle in warmups just minutes before qualifying began. The 2007 team just missed a medal behind the Germans and with the Hamm twins coming out of retirement, the Yanks reckoned that they could challenge the Chinese for gold. Alternates are Raj Bhavsar (Ohio State), Alexander "Sasha" Artemev, and David Durante … "The timing of Chellsie's and Sam's injuries was unfortunate," said Sacramone. NEW WAVERLY, TEXAS – Laguna Hills gymnast Ivana Hong (bio, photos), 15, was named one of three alternates to the 2008 U.S. Olympic team Saturday night after a two-day selection camp… If you watched the 2008 Olympics, then you know that the USA women’s gymnastics team was absolutely robbed of a gold medal. "Pretend it's not there and deal with the pain later. Beset by injuries, the team … Paul Hamm and his twin, Morgan, returned to gymnastics in 2007 after two and a half years off and were expected to … "If I was going to have to hug that pommel horse, I was staying on." Other gymnasts named to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team include Joey Hagerty, twin brothers and 2004 Olympians Paul Hamm and Morgan Hamm, former Oklahoma Sooner and NCAA all-around champion Jonathan Horton, and former Illinois standout Justin Spring. Artemev got word the day before qualifying that Morgan withdrew. "We had so many stuck landings," said Hagerty. This week at the U.S. Championships at Boston's TD Garden, the 2008 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Teams will be honored on the 10th anniversary of their dual achievements, marking the only time that both the men's and women's entries made the podium at consecutive Games. I thought it was today but I may be wrong. This week at the U.S. Championships at Boston's TD Garden, the 2008 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Teams will be honored on the 10th anniversary of their dual achievements, marking the only time that both the men's and women's entries made the podium at consecutive Games. Anything can happen at any time that throws a wrench in your well-rehearsed plan." It was Artemev who packed his bags and headed crosstown to Olympus. USA Gymnastics announced Thursday that Alicia Sacramone ’10 has been chosen as one of six athletes who will compete for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team for women’s gymnastics. it was us saying, ‘Never again,’" said Kevin Tan, who captained the 2008 squad. USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee announced Wednesday that gymnast Morgan Hamm – twin brother of reigning Olympic all-around champion Paul Hamm — was still on the Olympic team, despite his positive test for a banned anti-inflammatory drug at the United States championships in May. Finally, at about 10 p.m. here in Texas, the tired girls were back in their own warmups and leaving this Olympic selection process for good. "Injuries happen all the time." athletes have competed in every Summer Olympic Games in the modern era, except the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, which was boycotted by the US team and many others in protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The Olympic team selection process varies by sport. "The day before finals I looked in everyone's eyes and you could tell that there was a little bit of uncertainty there," said Tan. picture montage of the girls participating in the 2008 olympics in beijing 8-8-08. and the 3 alternates ENJOY!! "From the second I woke up, I had this sense of calmness and confidence that I typically don't have," she recalled. wondered Tan. It reportedly takes swimmers 20 minutes to put on the skin-tight Lazr Racer swimsuits, but the gymnasts were changing in and out of the leotards in mere seconds. After the 1904 Olympics, the United States did not win an Olympic fencing gold medal until 2004. 2008 Shawn Johnson Nastia Liukin Chellsie Memmel Samantha Peszek Alicia Sacramone (captain) Bridget Sloan Jana Bieger, alternate Ivana Hong, alternate Corrie Lothrop, alternate Liang Chow, Head Coach Martha Karolyi, Asst. Two more gymnasts qualify for 2021 Nastia Liukin Cup, Collegiate Gymnastics Weekend Recap - Jan. 15-17, 2021, Three-Time Olympian, USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame member Muriel Davis Grossfeld passed away January 17, First gymnasts qualify for 2021 Nastia Liukin Cup, Collegiate Gymnastics Weekend Recap - Jan. 8-10, 2021, Qualification series for 2021 Nastia Liukin Cup kicks off this weekend ahead of February 26 event. "I can't believe I'm still on," he remembered thinking. It was such an in-the-moment thing. After finishing second to the Chinese in qualifying, the Americans again were in contention for gold until the final rotation, when several mistakes on floor kept them in second place. The 2008 United States Olympic Fencing Team was announced on June 11, 2008. The rhythmic gymnastics events were held at the Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium on August 21–24. "It's insane to think it's been that many years," said Samantha Peszek. "That's the thing with gymnastics. There were no Olympic veterans on either of the American squads in 2008. Her exuberance at making the 2008 squad was tempered when she hurt her right ankle on a tumbling pass. We compete in less than six hours. "That was really hard because we felt so detached from the rest of the team," said Lothrop. Meanwhile, alternates Corrie Lothrop, Jana Bieger and Ivana Hong were ensconced in Japan, ready to hop on a plane should the call come. "I ask myself all the time, if we hadn't been thrown this outrageous set of circumstances, would we have competed as well as we did? The team that represents the United States at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing will consist of six members and three alternates. We knew only one of us was going to come away with the gold." NEW WAVERLY, Texas -- Nearly two hours after they had finished competing, the Olympic gymnastics team and three alternates were trying on 16 possible Olympic competition leotards. "Then we lose both of those guys and everybody thinks, well, these guys have no shot. There were purple ones and bubble-gum pink ones, black ones, red ones, white ones, red-white-and-blue ones. "There truly was this electric energy I've never felt anywhere else." If they can even make it into the team final, it'll be impressive. "Hey, man, welcome to the Olympic team. The squad needed Memmel on bars since she was a former world champion on the apparatus. "It happened so fast," said Peszek, who was given a cortisone shot to get her through her only appearance. "That's when it started to be a bit of a reality," said Bhavsar. As mentioned earlier, Memmel was the 2005 world all-around champion, and earned an impressive medal tally on the other events as well: a gold (2003) and silver (2005) on bars, a silver on beam (2005), and a gold (2003) and silver (2006) from team competition. The United States, represented by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.U.S. If we could all break off one sixth of our medal and give it to Dave, we would do it. Raj Bhavsar had been an alternate in 2004 and had won a pair of World team silvers. Coach Valeri Liukin, Coach XueYi (Peter) Zhao, Coach Mihai Brestyan, Coach Marvin Sharp, Coach Andy Memmel, Coach . That 2008 team wound up with a … "I had to stay ready regardless, because I know anything can happen in this sport," he said. The 2008 Olympic Trials were held on June 19-22 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Does anyone know the date of the announcement and where I would be able to find out who made the team?? By John Powers Individually, it was all about Johnson and U.S. teammate Nastia Liukin. "We felt like we were part of the team but also we didn't quite feel like we were part of the team because we were in a completely different country." He and Jiang ran through the mixed zone after practice giggling and telling interpreters that they would let their coach speak about their ages. The girls of China's 2008 gymnastics team made up perhaps the most controversial team at the Beijing Olympics with their "oh … By registering you will have access to membership features which will let you update or renew your membership. The final two events - floor and horse -- were the team's weakest. Thanks in advance! "We are all proud of our team silver medal," said Sacramone. There were purple ones and bubble-gum pink ones, black ones, red ones, white ones, red-white-and-blue ones. The alternates were Bieger, 15-year-old Ivana Hong of Laguna Hills, who was a member of last year’s U.S. world championship team, and 16-year-old Corrie Lothrop of Gaithersburg, Md. Six of the top 10 women's teams in the country got their 2021 seasons started with a win, including #3 LSU over #15 Arkansas thanks in part to the first perfect 10 of the year from Kiya Johnson. Losing Hamm is a huge blow for the United States team. When the U.S. was in second behind the Chinese on high bar, a podium finish seemed likely. Jonathan Horton recalls watching Sasha Artemev go up on pommel horse with a team medal on the line and perform the routine of his life. The consensus favorite color was purple. Athletes from individual sports like fencing, equestrian, and gymnastics earn spots based mainly on tournament results and trials. The competition was the same as the Visa Championships. ... That 2008 team wound up with a bronze medal. Yet the men, with two alternates in the lineup, won the bronze. "That was a tough period, honestly, being a second-time alternate," said Bhavsar, who was 27 in 2008. The 2008 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials, referred to just as the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, was held from June 19–22, 2008, at the Wachovia Center (now known as Wells Fargo Center) in Philadelphia. The women matched the existing U.S. record eight medals (set in 1984), including the team silver and golds by Liukin in all-around and Shawn Johnson on balance beam. "I can't believe I haven't hit the mat." "My favorite moment was watching Sasha move into the village the night before," said Spring. "A part of me feels like it was a different life, a surreal dream. "I was walking gingerly," said Memmel, who later learned that she had broken the ankle. A total of 14 gymnasts will receive invitations to trials. "We felt like we were possessed that day. 2012 Gabby Douglas Canada names gymnastics team for London Olympics Open this photo in gallery: Olympic gymnast Kristina Vaculik and coach Elena Davydova work out in … Instead, he watched his teammates from the stands. NEW WAVERLY, Texas -- Nearly two hours after they had finished competing, the Olympic gymnastics team and three alternates were trying on 16 possible Olympic competition leotards. So when she was able to get through a practice routine she stayed in the lineup. 2008 Olympic team members share memories of Beijing. NEW WAVERLY, Texas -- Nearly two hours after they had finished competing, the Olympic gymnastics team and three alternates were trying on 16 possible Olympic competition leotards. The second-ranked Oklahoma men's and women's gymnastics teams earned victories over the weekend with the women defeating #3 Utah and the men winning the Rocky Mountain Open title. The series will determine the 18 junior and 18 senior USA Gymnastics Women’s Development Program Level 10 athletes that will compete at the 2021 Nastia Liukin Cup February 26 in Indianapolis. "We're all still brothers," Bhavsar said. USA Gymnastics announced Thursday that Alicia Sacramone ’10 has been chosen as one of six athletes who will compete for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team for women’s gymnastics. 2008 Olympic Team Trials – Day 2 – Meet Results. Man, we were on the edge of our seats watching Sasha." "We came together as a family and brothers to overcome a lot of obstacles." "When you have people like Paul and Morgan, you feel like you can do anything," said Horton. The euphoria continued into the event final where Horton amped up his high bar routine and collected a silver medal. Bhavsar had been close enough to making the Athens team that he was willing to risk consecutive disappointments by trying for Beijing. "Nobody expects me to do anything, so I'm just going to go big. Does anyone know the date of the announcement and where I would be able to find out who made the team?? -- Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin earned guaranteed spots on the U.S. women's gymnastics team after finishing 1-2 at the Olympic trials. Some had stars, some had stripes, some had stars and stripes. It was a feeling I've never had in my life -- 'I'm supposed to be here. "I perform better with the team behind me than individually so it felt natural," Artemev said. On Sunday, a selection committee can decide to name the other four members of the Olympic team and up to three alternates or it can name a training squad of up to nine athletes and defer its decision until July 1. There were no Olympic veterans on either of the American squads in 2008. "That was one of the greatest performances I've ever seen in the sport of gymnastics," he said. And part of me feels like it was yesterday." The rest of the meet belonged to the Americans, specifically to roommates Liukin and Johnson, who won all seven of the team's individual medals and went 1-2 in the all-around. "These guys made me go back into my comfort zone. INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 9, 2018 – Recognition of the men’s and women’s 2008 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team and alternates is just one of the in-venue fan activities during the 2018 U.S. "But we had given ourselves enough of a buffer that if we didn't have a nightmare horse rotation, we could walk away with a team medal," said Spring, who was competing on a damaged ankle but was pressed into service to replace Morgan Hamm on floor. Tan is bidding to become Penn State's first American Olympian since 1976 when Marshall Avener, Wayne Young, and Gene Whelan qualified. According to FIG, the international gymnastics federation, gymnasts must turn 16 during the year of the Olympics to be eligible. Registering a username and password on USA Gymnastics gives you access to new and upcoming features within our website. Thanks in advance! The trampoline events were also held at the Beijing National Indoor Stadium on August 16–19. After winning silver in 2004, they took an enormous tumble at the 2006 Worlds, finishing 13th. The committee finalized the five-woman Olympic team (plus three alternates), marched into the athletes’ room and delivered the verdict. But ankle injuries to Chellsie Memmel and Peszek in training scrambled the Olympic lineup and suddenly put the Americans at a disadvantage to the Chinese, since Memmel and Peszek were limited to the uneven bars. Bhavsar and fellow alternate Sasha Artemev both wound up competing at the Beijing Olympics after Paul and Morgan Hamm were injured. Bhavsar got the call to replace Paul just before the team headed to processing in California. "I was going to stay on no matter what," Artemev vowed. This week at the U.S. Championships at Boston’s TD Garden, the 2008 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Teams will be honored on the 10th anniversary of their dual achievements, marking the only time that both the men’s and women’s entries made the podium at consecutive Games. "That was a trying, tough time, a lot of days of trying to remember what the end goal was -- to make an Olympic team," she recalled. (L-R) Danell Leyva, Akash Modi and Donnell Whittenburg were named as alternates in men's gymnastics for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. Now all I need to do is do it'. "I consider my Olympic teammates as family," said captain Alicia Sacramone, who recently gave birth to her second daughter. Had a different gymnast gone down, alternate David Durante likely would have gotten the call. Here is your team and the last 3 are alternates. Gymnastics Championships, the national championships for men’s and women’s gymnastics, at Boston’s TD Garden. This is the right place and the right time. 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